Yesterday’s Sunday Times carried a report by Christina Lamb about the deplorable state of the Anglican church in Zimbabwe, Church of the Flunkey bolsters Mugabe’s grip. This contains the following passage:
So serious is the situation that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has intervened with the Home Office to help some priests to enter Britain. â€œThe Church of England has received and assisted clerical refugees from the diocese of Harare,â€ said Lambeth Palace.
Williams has broken a long silence on the matter with a statement to The Sunday Times in effect calling for the Bishop of Harare to be suspended.
â€œIn other jurisdictions, a priest or bishop facing such serious charges would be suspended without prejudice until the case had been closed,â€ the statement said. â€œIt is therefore very difficult for Bishop Kunonga to be regarded as capable of functioning as a bishop elsewhere in the communion.â€
Although Williams has no power to intervene in Zimbabwe â€” which comes under the authority of the autonomous Province of Central Africa â€” his words as leader of the worldwide Anglican church carry great influence.
If this report is correct, then some progress has been made.